‘Tis folly to be wise?

Ignorance is bliss – until we have to live with its consequences. We have blundered into a “climate” trap. Our fossil fuels emissions for the last 100 plus years guarantee global warming for decades to come. There is no way out of this trap, or minimizing its consequences, without sacrificing the “bliss” of the last … Read more

Reactions to the Papal Encyclical!

US Republicans criticised the Pope for not sticking to his job, for giving advice on economic policy, and failing to leave science to the scientists. Democrats supported the Encyclical.  President Obama deeply admired “the Pope’s decision to make the case – clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position – for action … Read more

Like listening to a conversation!

“Being at the Forum was like listening to a conversation that you wanted to hear.”  That unique description by a member of the audience describes what took place at “Faith and Our Climate – Uniting Generations”. Professor Dennis O’Hara took slightly more than ten minutes to identify the salient points of the recent (June 18, … Read more

The Encyclical: a path to the future!

The reaction to the Papal Encyclical “Praise Be” among Republican politicians confirms what we had suspected.  These politicians have staked their political future on fighting legislative measures to limit climate change. Republican Presidential candidates recognize that the Democrats have a lock on US public opinion that supports climate change measures.  So their only chance of … Read more

Re-orienting thought about Climate Change

About a year ago, Republican politicians in the US dodged questions about climate change by saying “I am not a scientist”.   Now they are not happy that in his Encyclical “Laudato Sii” released today, Pope Francis I has adopted and affirmed the science of which they were (and are?)  ignorant. How do Republicans dismiss such … Read more

Humans: Selfish or Compassionate? (2)

Many months ago we noted that the Anglican and Evangelical Churches of Canada had taken a bold step: baptismal vows were changed to include a promise to work for the integrity of creation. What does that promise require of parents, godparents and – ultimately – the newly baptised infant? We tried to capture the substance … Read more

Our Honourary Member, Bishop Desmond Tutu, speaks out!

Nearly two years ago Bishop Desmond Tutu agreed to join 4RG as an Honourary Member of our Steering Committee.  Just prior to this, Bishop Tutu and other South African leaders tried to sway the Canadian Government from withdrawing from the Kyoto Convention on climate change.

In asking for our continued support for Kyoto, these South Africans referred to the leadership that Canada had demonstrated in the fight against Apartheid.   They appealed to Canada to show a similar commitment to moral principles in making the tough political decisions about climate change.

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